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Embracing the Lemonade Life

Embracing the Lemonade Life

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by Sandra Sookoo

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When life gives you lemons, use them for lemonade or let them sour your life.

Clara Tildon, a cancer survivor, has no time for defeatism. She's opened up the Cute as a Button B & B in Bridgewater, Indiana and is embracing the lemonade lifestyle. Everything is perfect, except for the nagging sensation that she would still like to fall in love.

Jake Yates has


When life gives you lemons, use them for lemonade or let them sour your life.

Clara Tildon, a cancer survivor, has no time for defeatism. She's opened up the Cute as a Button B & B in Bridgewater, Indiana and is embracing the lemonade lifestyle. Everything is perfect, except for the nagging sensation that she would still like to fall in love.

Jake Yates has returned to Bridgewater, the town he grew up in, for his friend's wedding and he's not happy about it. He got out once and coming back, even for a visit, is not on his agenda. The people of Bridgewater can keep their small town life, it's in his past and that's where he intends it to stay. Even loneliness can't make him reconsider his decisions.

A chance meeting. A fleeting kiss. Suddenly two polar opposites get a unique chance at love. But can Clara give up living in the moment long enough to see Jake as an opportunity she needs to plan for? Can Jake alter his well-laid plans to fit Clara in his life? Or will they both let love get away?

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Desert Breeze Publishing, Incorporated
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

Meet the Author

Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.

When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory as well as Finding Bigfoot and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it's where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she's not writing, she's keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men, sci-fi-related subjects, and the odd "what if".

Sandra loves to hear from her readers. You can write to her at sandrasookoo@yahoo.com, visit her website at www.sandrasookoo.com, or look her up on Facebook and Twitter. All links are provided on the front page of her website.

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Embracing the Lemonade Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Contemporary romance. Clara is a cancer survivor. Her experience with the disease has forced her to take a look at life and decide how she wants to live it. She is intimately aware that life can be short. Her philosophy is “When life gives you lemons, use them for lemonade or let them sour your life.” She doesn't want to live a sour life and makes some damn fine lemonade. She has moved to the small town of Bridgewater, Indiana where she’s opened up the Cute as a Button B & B.  When Jake returns to Bridgewater, the town he left skid marks leaving, for his friend’s wedding he puts the wedding party up at the Cute as a Button B & B. He can’t figure out whether Clara is cute or crazy but he wants to get to know her better. He is amazed by her attitude and yearns to understand it. But can they have a future? He lives in the big city and her illness is a factor to be considered. Sandra Sookoo writes so many genres I never really know what I’m getting when I pick up one of her books other than a great story. This could have been really sappy and or saccharine but it was neither. Both characters seemed very real to me. I laughed, I cried, and I sighed. What a wonderful story.
alpallamagirl More than 1 year ago
Not your usual romcom and one which touches on the often taboo subject of cancer, There are strong believeable characters and a story that goes somewhere. Occasionally the action was a little slow, but I'd forgive this author anything as she created a touching, tender, totally enjoyable book that it's hard to put down.
Reviews-ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite "Embracing the Lemonade Life" by Sandra Sookoo is a hugely enjoyable and inspiring story with lemonade-loving cancer survivor Carla as heroine, and ambitious city lawyer Jake as hero. Carla now lives each day as it comes, running 'Cute as a Button' bed and breakfast and concentrating on being happy as often as she can, while Jake prefers things carefully mapped out and thought through. Carla escaped the city to find a quieter and friendlier way of life in Bridgewater, whereas Jake couldn¿t wait to leave that town for more excitement and opportunities in Indianapolis. He has only come back for a couple of days for his friend¿s wedding. Or so he thinks. Thanks to Hamlet, a black and white guinea pig, Carla and Jake meet, but can such polar opposites ever realistically expect to get on? Surely they are not even remotely compatible. I read this book in one sitting. It is a well-paced story that flies off the page, but it is by no means an easy read. The author cuts to the chase with the theme of cancer that runs through the story. Sandra Sookoo gives it its human dimension, and we see the despair, courage and hope that go with this disease. There is a lot of emotion in the book - plenty of smiles but lots of tears too. You can¿t help but put yourself in Carla¿s and Jake¿s shoes and wonder how you¿d cope with the situations they find themselves in. Likeable, rounded characters, a realistic small town setting and imaginative and sensitive writing make for a delightful, unusual and brave book.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
In this month of Cancer Awareness, Sandra Sookoo's Embracing the Lemonade Life, encompasses the subject with skill and compassion. Her heroine, Clara, is in remission when Jake comes into her life and kicks the jacks from beneath her 'live for the moment' philosophy. The owner of the small-town bed-and-breakfast, Clara fled from the city to a place where she'd find community support and friendship, and it's not long before Jake discovers she's treasured by the locals. The same locals and environment he fled when he left school and found success in the city. This author uses Jake's ignorance of Clara's illness to inform her readers of the profound effects of living with cancer. Information readers may 'know' about from general information. By using Jake's point of view and creating such a powerful empathy for her heroine, Ms Sookoo's skillful presentation of the medical information and its impact on a patient and their loved ones influenced this reader. Clara and Jake have their faults and their fears. The secondary characters, tiny though their on-stage appearances are, have a definite impact on them both, influencing their actions and assumptions. Ms. Sookoo's fluent writing style entices. Her gift to create intense emotions and visual settings drew this reader in to such an extent that returning to reality at the end of the story was mind-jerking. And yet around the serious message the author offers many laugh-aloud moments. Her depiction of Jake's journey from disillusionment to sharing Clara's belief in 'living for the moment' is handled with great compassion. For Clara, Ms Sookoo teaches her to accept help from those who love and care for her instead of assuming they are acting out of sympathy. In Embracing The Lemonade Life the author takes a hard-hitting subject and weaves a tender tale of love, hope, and joy that will stay with you long after you turn the final page. Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviewes